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Want to know what's happening in Eastern Kentucky's workforce and beyond? You're in the right place! Produced by the Eastern Kentucky Concentrated Employment Program, Inc. (EKCEP), The East Kentucky Works Podcast provides a glimpse into the world of workforce and economic development in our part of Central Appalachia. We'll hear from leaders in economic development, employers, workers, and more. EKCEP, a nonprofit workforce development agency headquartered in Hazard, Ky., serves the citizens of 23 Appalachian coalfield counties. Learn more about us at www.ekcep.org, www.jobsight.org and www.facebook.com/ekcep.

Want to know what's happening in Eastern Kentucky's workforce and beyond? You're in the right place! Produced by the Eastern Kentucky Concentrated Employment Program, Inc. (EKCEP), The East Kentucky Works Podcast provides a glimpse into the world of workforce and economic development in our part of Central Appalachia. We'll hear from leaders in economic development, employers, workers, and more. EKCEP, a nonprofit workforce development agency headquartered in Hazard, Ky., serves the citizens of 23 Appalachian coalfield counties. Learn more about us at www.ekcep.org, www.jobsight.org and www.facebook.com/ekcep.
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Want to know what's happening in Eastern Kentucky's workforce and beyond? You're in the right place! Produced by the Eastern Kentucky Concentrated Employment Program, Inc. (EKCEP), The East Kentucky Works Podcast provides a glimpse into the world of workforce and economic development in our part of Central Appalachia. We'll hear from leaders in economic development, employers, workers, and more. EKCEP, a nonprofit workforce development agency headquartered in Hazard, Ky., serves the citizens of 23 Appalachian coalfield counties. Learn more about us at www.ekcep.org, www.jobsight.org and www.facebook.com/ekcep.

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English

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606-438-9929


Episodes

Episode 14: RT Welding & Fabrication

9/17/2019
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When the coal industry crashed a few years ago, Tim Rice was forced to retool his business, RT Welding & Fabrication in Harlan County. Rice is currently looking to expand his company and working with organizations such as Advantage Kentucky Alliance, Small Business Development Center, and EKCEP to help make it happen. In this week's episode, Rice and his quality assurance manager, Jamie Stewart, discuss their work in Eastern Kentucky and how their efforts can result in a more diverse...

Duration:00:43:55

Episode 13: Job Clubs

9/9/2019
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EKCEP's Job Clubs helps connect jobseekers with employers in the region. A Job Club is a small group of jobseekers that meets to share leads and networking opportunities, and develop skills such as interviewing and résumé building. EKCEP and its Kentucky Career Center JobSight workforce network, in collaboration with Community Action Partnership and the Kentucky Career Development Office, sponsor the program. On this week's episode, EKCEP's Outreach and Recruitment Coordinator and Job Clubs...

Duration:00:26:29

Episode 12: Preparing the Workforce at SKCTC

9/3/2019
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Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College serves students in multiple counties of the region and offers a variety of degree programs and technical certifications. SKCTC President Dr. Vic Adams joins the East Kentucky Works podcast this week to discuss ongoing initiatives and fast-track trainings available for students in the region. This episode was recorded onsite at SKCTC's campus in Middlesboro, Ky. Visit SKCTC online at https://southeast.kctcs.edu/. To learn more about...

Duration:00:46:10

Episode 11: Addiction Recovery in Appalachia

8/26/2019
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Headquartered in Louisa, Ky., Addiction Recovery Care (ARC) has grown over the past three years to operate a network of 35 drug treatment programs in 13 Kentucky counties. The organization is currently treating approximately 1,100 people with addiction issues daily, and their efforts are gaining national attention. ARC Chief of Staff Matt Brown and Deputy Chief of Staff for Development and Projects Kayla Parsons join Eastern Kentucky CEP Industry Liaison Trish Adams to discuss addiction and...

Duration:00:41:15

Episode 10: Fast-Track Options at Hazard Community and Technical College

8/19/2019
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Hazard Community and Technical College President Dr. Jennifer Lindon and Workforce Solutions Director Keila Miller join host Trish Adams to discuss fast-track training and degree and certification options within HCTC's five-county service area. This episode was recorded onsite at HCTC's technical campus in Hazard, Ky. To learn more about HCTC, log on to https://hazard.kctcs.edu/. To learn more about EKCEP's mission to prepare, advance, and expand the workforce of Eastern Kentucky, log on...

Duration:00:44:54

Episode 9: Music, Art, & Culture at the Appalachian School of Luthiery

8/12/2019
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The Appalachian School of Luthiery in Hindman, Ky., "teaches stringed instrument construction to students and apprentices of all ages," according to its website. Part of the Appalachian Artisan Center, the school is a jewel in downtown Hindman, and during this week's episode we discuss the school's history and plans for the future, including the Troublesome Creek Stringed Instruments Company and the Knott Downtown Radio Hour. Host Trish Adams is joined by Director Doug Naselroad,...

Duration:00:34:26

Episode 8: Assistance Available for Blackjewel Employees

8/2/2019
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In this week's episode of the East Kentucky Works podcast, we're featuring a recent airing of WYMT-TV's "Issues & Answers" program as host Steve Hensley discusses employment and retraining options available to miners affected by the recent Blackjewel mining company shutdown. Hensley is joined in the discussion by EKCEP Executive Director Jeff Whitehead, Industry Liaison Trish Adams, and Research and Program Effectiveness Manager Bridget Back. This discussion was recorded at the WYMT studio...

Duration:00:29:19

Episode 7: Kentucky Power & Economic Development

7/26/2019
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EKCEP Industry Liaison Trish Adams hosts this episode featuring Kentucky Power Company's External Affairs Managers Bob Shurtleff and Amanda Clark. The two discuss Kentucky Power's efforts in economic development within the company's 20-county service area, including partnerships with other organizations to support efforts to attract new business to the region. This episode was recorded onsite at the One East Kentucky offices in Paintsville, Ky. To find out more about Kentucky Power...

Duration:00:38:51

Episode 6: Developing the Economy in Eastern Kentucky

7/22/2019
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This week we're joined by One East Kentucky President/CEO Chuck Sexton and Project Manager Ivy Stanley for a discussion about ongoing efforts to recruit new business and develop the region's economy. This episode was recorded onsite at One East Kentucky's offices in Paintsville, Ky., with EKCEP Industry Liaison Trish Adams hosting. Learn more about One East Kentucky online: http://www.oneeastky.com/

Duration:00:47:21

Bonus Episode: Nursing Externships

7/17/2019
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In this bonus episode, EKCEP Industry Liaison Trish Adams talks to three nurses (Hayleigh Ford, Melissa Smith, and Kelsey Lowe) with Appalachian Regional Healthcare in Hazard, Ky., about their experiences with the hospital's nursing externship program. EKCEP partnered with ARH on this program, which is designed to give prospective nurses real-world experience in nursing and helping preparing them for careers in the field. This podcast session was recorded on site at the ARH Systems Center...

Duration:00:09:38

Episode 5: Addressing the Nursing Shortage in Eastern Kentucky

7/15/2019
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We're joined this week by Sonya Bergman, system director for human resources with Appalachian Regional Healthcare (ARH) as she discusses ARH's efforts to help train and prepare nursing students for new careers in the region. Sonya also discusses partnerships with Galen College of Nursing in Hazard, Ky., and her role on the East Kentucky Workforce Innovation Board. This episode was recorded onsite at the ARH Systems Center located in Perry County and hosted by Trish Adams, industry liaison...

Duration:00:20:00

Episode 4: SilverLiner

7/8/2019
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In this episode, we discuss the creation of SilverLiner, a premier tank manufacturer located in Pike County, Ky. SilverLiner's new facility is now open within the county's industrial park, utilizing workers from Eastern Kentucky. CEO Chris Tomlinson discusses the company's beginnings, and where he sees SilverLiner in the future. We also hear from Sean Cochran, SilverLiner's chief business development office, and welder Alex Francis. This episode was recorded onsite at SilverLiner's new...

Duration:00:23:24

Episode 3: Talking Teleworks

7/1/2019
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Teleworking, or working from home via a high-speed internet connection, is on the rise in Eastern Kentucky with national and global companies hiring thousands of local workers to provide a number of services for customers. Teleworks USA is leading the way, connecting more than 2,200 people with new work-from-home or work-from-hub positions. In this episode, we hear from Teleworks USA Director Michael Cornett and Operations Manager Betty Hays about the program and how it works to help...

Duration:00:32:23

Episode 2: Harlan County

6/24/2019
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In the second episode of EKCEP's East Kentucky Works Podcast (also available on Apple and Google podcast platforms), we hear from Harlan County Judge-Executive Dan Mosley and Executive Director of One Harlan Kentucky Colby Kirk. Harlan County has been making strides in workforce and economic development in the region for the last few years. Mosley and Kirk talked on one of those major strides: a large, multi-employer job fair set for May 23, 2019, which brought in regional employers from...

Duration:00:27:50

Episode 1: eKAMI

6/13/2019
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In this premier episode of EKCEP's East Kentucky Works Podcast, we hear from Kathy Walker, founder of the east Kentucky Advanced Manufacturing Institute (eKAMI) and two of the program's recent graduates, Brandon Adams and Mary Nelson, who began their careers in advanced manufacturing immediately after graduating from eKAMI this past spring. eKAMI opened its doors two years ago with a mission to train Eastern Kentuckians in the use of computer numerical control (CNC) machines and prepare...

Duration:00:18:31